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Utopia With Erasmus's: The Silent Alcibiades (Hackett Classics)

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In addition to its elegant and precise translation of Utopia, this edition offers the prefatory material and postscripts from the 1518 edition, and More's letter to Giles form the 1517 edition. Mr. Wootton has also added Erasmus's 'The Sileni of Alcibiades,' which is crucial for the interpretation he gives in his Introduction of the many ambiguities and contradictions in More's text as well as his life. The Introduction is a most valuable guide for understanding this man who was a proponent of toleration and a persecutor of heretics, a courtier full of worldly ambition ending as a fearless martyr. The contradictions of the man translated into a complicated and contradictory historiography to which Mr. Wootton's Introduction is a most intelligent guide. A welcome addition to the More literature. -J. W. Smit, Professor of History, Columbia University



Every serious reader of Utopia, friends and foes alike of Thomas More, will be enlightened by Wootton's essay. Combining it with his translations of More and Erasmus works well. This is a delightfully fine piece of scholarship, even down to the notes on the illustrations. --Donald J. Millus, Sixteenth Century Journal



Like his Introduction, which says much, both directly and indirectly, about the complexity of More's language and mentality, David Wootton's translation of the Utopia is a thoughtful and careful one. Wootton has been particularly scrupulous in his handling of marginal annotations. . . notes are economical but helpful. Students interested in 16th century humanism and/or developments in early modern Europe will find this edition especially appealing, as will everyone interested in interpretations of More's Utopia, here fruitfully juxtaposed with Erasmus’ philosophy and perspective on the world as these are represented by his adage on ‘The Sileni of Alcibiades.' --Elizabeth McCutcheon, Utopian Studies

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087220376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203761
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Birman TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2016
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If all you know of Thomas More is the film A Man for All Seasons or that he was eventually canonized a saint for sacrificing his life by refusing Henry the Eighth's demand that he recognize his divorce from Catherine of Aragon and his marriage to Anne Boleyn, I strongly recommend you read this excellent Hackett Publishing version of Utopia. With a brilliant and incisive introduction coupled with a superbly readable translation, both by David Woolton serving as editor, the reader is given unusually complete context for the world's first Utopian romance/manifesto/travelogue. I first read this work in college and enjoyed it immensely but failed to grasp its subtlety and depth. Reading it now, especially surrounded by background material that illuminates the work with skillful intelligence, making it especially appropriate reading during these days of political instability and religious turbulence, I found it to be a profound and intellectually stimulating work. Utopia was published exactly 500 years ago yet it seems utterly contemporary in its skillful positing of the thesis that the socialist/communist society of Utopia is a possible paradigm of a political entity.

But More is too subtle and brilliant a thinker to simply write a political tract in favor of such a government. His genius resides in his sophisticated recognition of the incessant ambiguities that complicate human interactions. He creates a multi-layered dialogue in which his characters provide all of the counter-arguments and warnings about the shortcomings and possible failures of such a communist state, while never denying its effectiveness in combating human economic inequality.
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Purchased this book for a history class and enjoyed the connection to early Europe through the eyes of commoners rather than from those in the business of recording history via records or manuscripts.
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required book for my college class good read. would recommend it to other history majors studying England in the Tudor era.
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By bookmaster25 on December 21, 2011
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got in for a class and was great! Great packaging! T h a n k y o u ! ! ! ! ! :)
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